The same resolve the US, Britain and France showed in standing up to Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons in Syria needs to be shown in preventing terrorist states and organizations from getting nuclear capabilities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a phone conversation Saturday night with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
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"Early this morning, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment is not limited to proclamations of principle", Netanyahu said in a written statement.
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Prime Minister Netanyahu, in addition to several other high-ranking Israeli officials, expressed approval of the allied strike on Syrian targets following the most recent chemical attack in the war torn nation.
Punitive US-led strikes on Syria are justified because of the "murderous actions" of the Damascus government, an Israeli official said today.
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The Western states have accused forces of President Bashar Assad of an attack with the use of chemicals in Duma. The Him Shinshar chemical weapons storage facility is located west of Homs, a city north of Damascus.
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Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge".
"Israel fully supports [US President Donald] Trump's decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria".
A US embassy spokeswoman confirmed to Reuters that Israel had been notified before the strikes, but she provided no further details. The armed Iranian-backed Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which has an extensive missile arsenal, last fought a war with Israel in 2006.
Israel said on Friday that an Iranian drone shot down in February by its air force had been fitted with explosives intended.
Netanyahu reiterated his warnings over Iran's presence in Syria after previously pledging not to allow the country to entrench itself militarily on its northern border. The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure.